To add insult to injury this week, Mitt Romney was added to GQ’s “Least Influential People” list for this year. News like this further proves that even though the GOP nominated a candidate nobody was excited about, many of us did not vote for in the primary, and who most Americans find generally uninteresting — We still came within 2% of toppling the incumbent, and within 2 states of winning the Presidency.
I’m not saying that Mitt Romeny was the only reason the Republicans lost the election in 2012. There were a lot of other mistakes, including ass-backwards men making inappropriate comments about “legitimate rape”, too much playing defense and not enough playing offense, and moving too far to the left to try to out-liberal the liberals.
All in all, the moral to this story is that the candidate matters. You can’t nominate 5 people that come with varying levels of political baggage, only to settle on the one that the party finds the least offensive. This is the political equivalent of running the football when you are down by 21 points in the fourth quarter! Things work much better when a candidate emerges who gets the party excited to vote for him. Think of Reagan, or Nixon, or even Eisenhower. Herman Caine looked to be that candidate this year, until it was revealed that the man likes to have sex. Apparently a lot of sex with a lot of different women, none of whom were his wife.
Grand Old Party, can we please go back to the drawing board before the next election and come out with a candidate who can get America excited about conservatism again? Don’t make us defend our candidate as the less of two evils, give us all a reason to vote for that person and be proud of our decision.